Actions agreed at the cabinet meeting with children and young people: progress report (children's summary)

Progress report on what we have done on the actions agreed at the meeting of cabinet members and children and young people on 28 February 2017.

03. Glossary

Act – a law.

Anticipatory care planning ( ACP)
– anticipatory care plans are evolving records which set out patients’ care needs and preferred actions, interventions and responses. These are developed through discussions between patients, those close to them and care practitioners; and they are reviewed regularly to adapt to, and anticipate changing actions, priorities and circumstances.

Autism – autism is a lifelong condition. Autistic people experience problems with:

  • communication;
  • social interaction; and
  • repetitive behavioural routines

Bill – the first stages of a law. A Bill needs to be discussed in Parliament and finally agreed before it then becomes a law (or Act).

Brexit – the United Kingdom leaving the European Union.

Cabinet – a group of senior Ministers (called Cabinet Secretaries in Scotland) who are in charge of running the country.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services ( CAMHS) – these are health services that care for and treat children and young people with emotional, behavioural or mental health difficulties.

Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 – a law that is about improving the wellbeing of children and young people in Scotland. It covers topics such as children’s rights and support for children and young people.

Children’s rights – these are a list of promises to children and young people to keep them safe. They are used to make sure you are treated fairly and looked after properly. When something is called a right, it means that nobody can take it away from you. It is yours, and is meant to protect you and help you have a good life. (This definition comes from the website of the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland)

Child Rights and Wellbeing Impact Assessment ( CRWIA) – this supports people who are making new policies or laws to look at children’s rights and the wellbeing of children and young people.

Deputy First Minister – the next most responsible person for governing Scotland after the First Minister (Nicola Sturgeon). He is John Swinney.

Human rights – as a person, you have the same rights as everyone else. These can be found in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which says that you are born free and equal in rights to every other human being. The rights in the Declaration are held by all people, no matter how old or young they happen to be.

Law – a rule made by government.

Learning disability – people with learning disabilities have a significant, lifelong, condition that started before adulthood, which affected their development and which means they need help to:

  • understand information;
  • learn skills; and
  • cope independently.

Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament ( MSYP) – a young person aged 14 to 25 years who has been voted to represent young people in an area of Scotland, or for an organisation that works with children and young people.

Mental Health – mental health is defined as a state of wellbeing in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community. (World Health Organization definition)

Minister – someone who has been voted in by the people in their area to represent them in their area. They are then given a job in the government to make decisions and laws on certain topics.

MSP – stands for Member of the Scottish Parliament. MSPs are voted for by the people in their area to speak up for them and do work for them in their area.

Participation – making sure that children and young people have the opportunity to have their voices heard, listened to and taken seriously when adults are making decisions that affect them.

Policy – a plan for making changes to your everyday life e.g. a transport policy might change how fast cars can drive near a school.

Programme for Government – the Programme for Government 2017-18 sets out what the Scottish Government is planning to do over the next year.

Public authority – this includes all the 32 local authorities in Scotland, which are the different regions in Scotland (e.g. City of Edinburgh, Highlands, Dumfries and Galloway). It also includes the health boards of Scotland (who are in charge of providing health services to the people in their area).

Research – looking at a topic in detail to find out more information about it. This might lead to having new views on the topic and coming to new conclusions.

Services – a system of providing the public with things that they need e.g. schools, roads, health services.

Strategy – a plan which will lead to changes.

Treaty – an agreement between different countries.

United Nations – an international organisation which works to try to end wars, keep peace and make sure that there are good relationships between countries in the world so they can work together on global issues.

United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child ( UNCRC) – nearly every country in the world has agreed to make sure your rights are protected by signing up to a document called the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child ( UNCRC). The UK government has done this, and so must make sure that your rights are protected. The Scottish Government must protect them, too. (This definition comes from the website of the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland)

Wellbeing – is about being all you can be. In Scotland we describe wellbeing by eight indicators which are sometimes referred to by their initial letters - SHANARRI.


We use these eight indicators to think
about wellbeing to get a full picture,
so that no aspect is left out.


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